Definition of Copt in English:

Copt

Syllabification: Copt
Pronunciation: /käpt
 
/

noun

  • 1A native Egyptian in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
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    • When Muslim armies invaded Egypt, they were welcomed by the Egyptian Copts as liberators from Byzantine oppression.
    • Outnumbered by the native Copts, they settled just north of the Christian town, within the area of modern Cairo, and dreamed of building a new Islamic city.
    • Moreover, ethnically differentiated people have been lumped together, for example, the Copts and the Berbers are not ethnically the same people.
  • 2A member of the Coptic Church.
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    • On the eve of both Christmas day and Easter day, Orthodox Copts break their fast with a variety of dishes made of beef and poultry.
    • The Copts, an indigenous Monophysite Christian church, are the largest and most important minority, some 12% of the population.
    • Aswan was once an important centre for Christian Copts.

Origin

from French Copte or modern Latin Coptus, from Arabic al-ḳibṭ, al-ḳubṭ 'Copts', from Coptic Gyptios, from Greek Aiguptios 'Egyptian'.

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